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  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784708085
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

One by One

The breath-taking thriller from the queen of the modern-day murder mystery

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller comes a brilliantly gripping thriller which finds a group of colleagues trapped by snow in their chalet in the French Alps, with deadly consequences.

'The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware's tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?


'Atmospheric and eerie with Agatha Christie vibes' Prima

'Ruth Ware just gets better and better' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs
'A dark tale by one of the best thriller writers around' Independent
'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' Shari Lapena, author of Someone We Know
'A real spine-chiller that confirms Ruth Ware as the true heir to Christie's crown' Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said, She Said
'I devoured this in a day...eerie and creepy' *****
'Terrifying and captivating' *****
'Had me on the edge of my seat' *****
'Utterly brilliant' *****
'Clever, chilling, addictive...a must-read!' *****
'Strong Agatha Christie vibes' *****

  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784708085
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway and The Turn of the Key have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for TV and film and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.

Visit ruthware.com to find out more.

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Praise for One by One

One of the best thriller writers around.


An epic talent


A real spine-chiller that confirms Ruth Ware as the true heir to Christie's crown. Ingenious plotting sees the body count rise and multiple suspects eliminated until we're left with breathless game of cat-and-mouse.

Erin Kelly, author of He Said, She Said

The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware's tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller.

Louise Candlish, author of Our House

Chilling, claustrophobic and clever. This is Ruth Ware's best yet.

Jo Jakeman

The queen of just-one-more-chapter, Ruth Ware, has done it again.

Clare Mackintosh

I absolutely loved ONE BY ONE! Impossible to put down and perfectly claustrophobic and gorgeously atmospheric. Each twist was perfectly cued and plotted, showing Ruth to be the master storyteller we all know.

Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in Wait

What a read, oh my goodness, so fast paced, action packed, twisty-turny, modern, clever, scary and ingenious!

Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs

A fabulous psychological thriller and I loved the snowy setting! Incredibly tense and kept me guessing to the end

Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake

A chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Agatha Christie would have been up all night reading this one!

Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

One By One has all the elements of a classic crime novel, brilliantly reinvented for the modern era with a dramatic setting, pin-sharp characterisation and up-to-the-minute plotting. It is fast-paced, astute and utterly compelling.

Jane Casey, author of The Cutting Place

Blisteringly good

Alison Flood, Observer

Sly satire and some bracingly unpleasant characters make for a fun read

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

With Ruth Ware, you always know to expect the unexpected... in her latest offering, Ruth goes full tilt cutting edge... the action is breakneck, the pace is breath-taking and the need to know whodunnit is all consuming

Lisa Jewell, Foyles, *Books of the Year*

A high-tension treat with a Christie-ish twist... Cold sweat stuff!

Alex Gordon, UK Press Syndication

A brilliant thriller


A thoroughly enjoyable and consistently inventive wintertime mystery

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

One by One goes full-tilt cutting-edge... Definitely one to be read in one sitting under a fur throw with a mug of mulled wine to hand

Lisa Jewell, Daily Express, *Books of the Year*

Greed, ambition, manipulation, secrets, nifty plotting and a cracking denouement add up to a suspenseful and spine-tingling page-turner


An engaging page-turner that will keep you guessing

Daily Express

One By One is a galloping read packed with dark secrets and all the page-turning prowess you would hope for from a psychological thriller and murder mystery

Susan Swarbrick, Herald

The Queen of the modern murder mystery returns with a delicious homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None


Agatha Christie fans will love this ingenious thriller...the pace is fast and furious and the twists satisfying

Good Housekeeping

Books shouldn't really be gobbled down like cake but with Ware's there's no other way


Ware's novel is deliciously sly

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

This engaging page-turner keeps you guessing

Paul Donnelley, Sunday Express